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Case Law Update

Case Law Update

Read comprehensive summaries of recent court and administrative decisions (from the MSPB, EEOC and FLRA) affecting the terms, conditions, and rights of federal employment, written by the attorneys of Shaw Bransford & Roth.

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This Week on FEDtalk

This Week on FEDtalk

Every other Friday, FEDtalk on Federal News Radio, 1500 AM, explores current issues of importance to federal employees and those interested in the federal sector.

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Educate Yourself

Educate Yourself

Find out about upcoming federal training opportunities for managers and their staff.

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The Takedown

The Takedown

Whether it’s news from the Border, national security crimes or law enforcement's effort to combat drugs, The Takedown recounts the latest federal busts in this weekly column.

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Hear it from WAEPA

Hear it from WAEPA

This column highlights what’s going on inside WAEPA, a group life insurance program that’s been protecting federal employees and their families since 1943.

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Hear it from FLEOA

Hear it from FLEOA

A monthly column providing news and insight directly from the federal law enforcement community's premiere member association – the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA).

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The Spotlight

The Spotlight

This column examines the professional exposures of those who work in federal law enforcement from FEDS, a liability and defense insurance provider.

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Just the Facts

Just the Facts

Every month, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund gives readers a look at significant historical law enforcement moments and milestones, as well as recent officer statistics.

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Hear it from WIFLE

Hear it from WIFLE

A quarterly column providing news and information related to the unique issues facing women in federal law enforcement.

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Behind the Blue Line

Behind the Blue Line

Get first-hand accounts of law enforcement history in this column from NLEOMF’s museum collection.

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New Locality Pay Areas Finalized for Nearly 70,000 Feds

New Locality Pay Areas Finalized for Nearly 70,000 Feds

Following its announcement earlier this year, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has finalized six new locality pay areas that will impact nearly 70,000 federal employees across the country. The locality pay rate system ensures federal employees are compensated in a manner consistent with annual cost of living changes, which can vary widely by region. 

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Two Week Extension Likely on Eve of Partial Shutdown

Two Week Extension Likely on Eve of Partial Shutdown

Just one day before a looming shutdown of portions of the federal government, members of Congress appear poised to pass a two-week spending bill to extend the deadline beyond the current budget timeline, under which the federal government would be scheduled to partially shut down on Friday.

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Secret Service Testing Facial Recognition Software at White House

Secret Service Testing Facial Recognition Software at White House

Joining a list of other agencies experimenting with facial recognition software, most of them within the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service “is experimenting with the use of a new kind of surveillance at one of the most highly surveilled locations in the country – the White House,” writes FedScoop’s Tajha Chappelet-Lanier, noting that the pilot program is focused on using facial recognition tools “to ‘biometrically confirm’ the identity of volunteer Secret Service employees when and where they are spotted.”

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Iranian Ransomware Suspects Charged and At-Large

Iranian Ransomware Suspects Charged and At-Large

This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that it had charged two men in connection with a ransomware attack that impacted certain regional computer networks between 2015 and 2018.

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The Benefits of Long Term Care Insurance Are Invaluable

The Benefits of Long Term Care Insurance Are Invaluable

While many federal employees may question whether long term insurance is worth the cost, they may ultimately realize that the emotional and financial reassurance of having this protection may offer value that outweighs the cost of premiums.

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Fulfilling A Life-long Dream to Become a Police Officer

Fulfilling A Life-long Dream to Become a Police Officer

For Denise Cummings, being a police officer was a life-long dream. Inspired by her Uncle Nick, an officer with the Cicero (IL) Police Department, she applied with the Aurora (CO) Police Department when she was 25. At the time, there were only 20 openings, and she was the 42nd applicant. Undaunted, she decided to become a reserve officer, a voluntary position that she hoped would help improve her chances of being hired the next time.

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Supreme Court Appears Poised to Uphold “Separate Sovereigns” Doctrine

Supreme Court Appears Poised to Uphold “Separate Sovereigns” Doctrine

In oral argument today on Gamble v. United States, a majority of justices were critical of an appeal seeking to overturn the “separate sovereigns” doctrine exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a case previously reported in FEDagent.

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Former President George W. Bush Eulogizes His Father, Former President George H.W. Bush

Former President George W. Bush Eulogizes His Father, Former President George H.W. Bush

"He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country," Bush said. "When the history books are written, they will say that George H.W. Bush was a great president of the United States." Bush's eulogy ended on an emotional note. Concluding his remarks, he added through tears: "Your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. So through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man. The best father a son or daughter could have."

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Fulfilling A Life-long Dream to Become a Police Officer

Fulfilling A Life-long Dream to Become a Police Officer

For Denise Cummings, being a police officer was a life-long dream. Inspired by her Uncle Nick, an officer with the Cicero (IL) Police Department, she applied with the Aurora (CO) Police Department when she was 25. At the time, there were only 20 openings, and she was the 42nd applicant. Undaunted, she decided to become a reserve officer, a voluntary position that she hoped would help improve her chances of being hired the next time.

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Preparation Tips for FEHB Open Season 2019

Preparation Tips for FEHB Open Season 2019

As a federal employee, it is important to ask yourself if your current health plan is working for you. A change in marital status or a newly discovered medical condition can impact your coverage needs. To better adjust to the unexpected events in life, the Office of Personnel Management hosts its annual Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season.

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Two Opportunities for You

Two Opportunities for You

Tune in to the next episode of FEDtalk on Friday, November 30th, 2018, to hear the latest from Shane Canfield, CEO of WAEPA, who will be discussing the company’s new offerings, and what federal employees should be thinking about, with Open Season in full swing. Also on the program will be Senior Executives Association President Bill Valdez discussing the upcoming 2018 Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit, to be held on December 13, 2018.

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Spokane (WA) Officer Receives October 2018 Officer of the Month Award

Spokane (WA) Officer Receives October 2018 Officer of the Month Award

Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has named Captain Tracie Meidl, of the Spokane (WA) Police Department, as the recipient of its Officer of the Month Award for October 2018.

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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

We get at least one call a week from a federal agent who needs legal advice or representation but doesn’t have FEDS Protection in place. FEDS Protection is a defense-based insurance policy – it must be in place prior to an incident that could result in an allegation or claim.  Your agency reimburses all federal law enforcement officers up to half the cost of this insurance – so please – no more of the following excuses.  FEDS Protection works just like other insurance policies - if you don’t have coverage in place prior to an incident leading to an allegation, claim or suit, coverage will be denied. 

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This Week on FEDtalk

Two Opportunities for You

Tune in to the next episode of FEDtalk on Friday, November 30th, 2018, to hear the latest from Shane Canfield, CEO of WAEPA, who will be discussing the company’s new offerings, and what federal employees should be thinking about, with Open Season in full swing. Also on the program will be Senior Executives Association President Bill Valdez discussing the upcoming 2018 Presidential Rank Awards Leadership Summit, to be held on December 13, 2018.

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Hear it from FLEOA

An Update on the OPM Cyber Breach

In the wake of the most recent data breach of Equifax, FLEOA has provided an update on the June 2015 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach to include claims, lawsuits and legislation.

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